b'Ag Stakeholders Join It was decided that to ensure full representation,Together to Engage in the Agricultural Subcommittee must include:Advisers on establishment and maintenanceConservation Strategies of successful monarch habitat The agricultural community has been working on formal Specialists in outreach and education for farmers pollinator conservation efforts for many years. Pollinators Agencies with data about conservation and technical were established as a priority for many conservationinformation about pollinator specific practices initiatives, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2011. In addition, the Obama Administrations Agencies with programs specifically designedNational Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybeesto benefit pollinators and monarchs and Other Pollinators, released in 2015, resulted in states Industry specialists that can advise on crop protection taking up the cause of pollinators. The developmentproducts and the regulatory environmentof the IMP builds on existing efforts of the agricultural community to encourage and educate farmers and Associations representing farmersthose engaged with agriculture to conserve and protect Agencies who serve a regulatory role in pollinator pollinators.and monarch conservation The agriculture sector has played a key role in the Scientists who serve in an advisory capacity regarding development of the IMP and its accomplishments to date.the state of monarch and pollinator science as well as At the September 2016 Monarch Summit, representativesagricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) most of agriculture were present to discuss the status ofappropriate for implementation in Illinois monarch and pollinator science and knowledge, the status of engagement from the agricultural community,Each representative on the Agricultural Subcommittee and opportunities to expand pollinator conservation inbrings something different to the table and many of the agricultural settings. The agricultural sector also workedstakeholders have programs and initiatives within Illinois to engage the state agencies that play a role in pollinatorthat overlap or complement one another. By working conservation and to ensure their participation in thistogether, the subcommittee will have a greater impact on effort. Once the IMP Technical Steering Committeethe overall goal of the IMP. determined the Action Plan timeline and essential elements, the Agricultural Subcommittee was formed and got to work drafting elements from the farmer and agribusiness perspective.9'